It's so very not easy! I've given up.
At the beginning of February, I was so engrossed in Japanese language an culture. Learning about it didn't take commitment. It's what I wanted to be doing. So I went for it. I studied everyday for like ten weeks. And then my enthusiasm fizzled out.
So it was time to commit, and push myself to obtain what I wanted. But I just couldn't. In my ten weeks, I felt like I was accomplishing so much, because it was so different, and so hard to do. But in reality, I learned so little. And like I knew from the start, learning Japanese doesn't have a huge payoff. It is only spoken in one country.
So if I'm going to push myself to learn a new language, it should be Spanish. That's a language that would be useful. And I already know so much more Spanish than Japanese, despite all of my hard work. I already know their alphabet, for example. And I can count to 100. So I bought Rosetta Stone for Spanish, and it's waiting for me in the mailbox.
As for my trip to Japan, I think it's off. Japan would cost over $1,000 to get to. I'm thinking I'll want to try my Spanish somewhere instead. When I went to Costa Rica, it was because Colombia looked dangerous to me. Now I've been around a bit, and I feel a little more confident. Colombia's murder rate is only about twice that of Minneapolis, and even less so if I stick to a tourist area like Medellín.
I told my cousin this, and he thinks I can get tickets to Japan in the $500 range if I wait til we're 3 months out. I told him I'm still in if that's true. I don't think it is.